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From: "Earl Mitchell" <earlnpat@arkmola.net>
To: "carlito abella" <abellacl@yahoo.com>,
"Cipriano Carpentero" <cipriano.carpentero@mailcity.com>,
<elmerpanes@lycos.com>,
"Emilio Silvano Lumapay" <lumapay@eudoramail.com>,
"Gerry Ca-a" <germarrs@eudoramail.com>,
"Jessy Julom" <jessyjulom@mailcity.com>,
"Johnny Julom" <johnnyjulom@eudroamail.com>,
"Julie Notarte" <jdanotar@mozcom.com>,
"Leornardo Maste" <leonardo.maste@eudoramail.com>,
"Nelson Flores" <neilflor@yahoo.com>,
"Nathaniel Besinga" <coc_gsc@yahoo.com>,
"richley lumapay" <richley7@yahoo.com>,
"rudy navasquez" <rudynavasquez@yahoo.com>
Subject: Massacre
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 23:37:51 -0500

Dear Brethren,

I hope this finds you safe and prospering by God's providence. I continue to receive reports which indicate the fighting is still going on, and that some christians have recently evacuated to safer places. I also had a report of christians being killed and some were massacred in groups. Could you confirm these reports? I will appreciate any information that you can give that is creditable. Are there any news papers, TV or Radio Stations that have reported that members of the church have been killed?

Give my regards to all the brethren, we are praying for you. May our God watch over you and protect you.

Brotherly, Earl



From: Julie Divine A. Notarte < jdanotar@mozcom.com>
To: Earl and Pat Mitchell < earlnpat@arkmola.net>
Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2000 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: Massacre

August 27, 2000, 9:23 PM

Dear brother Earl,

I received your email dated: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 23:37:51 -0500, subject: Massacre. Sorry, for this reply is again late.

First of all, I am so very thankful for sending my regular support. God will reward you greatly. It helps me much in the work of the Lord here in our area.

I continue to receive reports which indicate the fighting is still going on, and that some christians have recently evacuated to safer places.

YES, THE FIGHTING IS STILL GOING ON, AND THAT SOME CHRISTIANS (MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST) HAVE EVACUATED TO SAFER PLACES. PLEASE READ MY VERY LONG REPORT REGARDING THE WORK OF THE LORD HERE IN OUR AREA AND THE SITUATION OF OUR BRETHREN HERE IN OUR AREA.

I also had a report of christians being killed and some were massacred in groups.

Christians (members of the CHURCH OF CHRIST) being killed. YES THERE ARE, but "christians" massacred in groups, I DO NOT KNOW. I have newspapers
about "christians" were massacred in groups but they are NOT members of the CHURCH OF CHRIST. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY MY VERY LONG REPORT.

Are there any news papers, TV or Radio Stations that have reported that members of the church have been killed? THERE ARE NEWSPAPERS, TV OR RADIO STATIONS THAT HAVE REPORTED REGARDING THE DEATHS I INCLUDED IN MY MONTHLY REPORT BUT THE NEWSPAPERS, TV OR RADIO STATIONS DID NOT SAY THAT THEY ARE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST. BUT WE, THE MEMBERS, PREACHERS & ELDERS OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST CAN CONFIRM THAT THEY ARE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST.

There are also those who died indirectly. Brethren who are sick and when the fighter planes & helecopters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines drop bombs not very far from their residence, they died. This are included in my monthly report. Please read my very long report.

The following is my report regarding the work of the Lord here in our area and the situation of our brethren here in our area:

On July 25, 2000, brother Daga Balawag, the preacher with two elders: Romeo Lagaro & Rudy Masamlok of SINAPULAN CHURCH OF CHRIST (170 members), Sinapulan, Columbio, 9801 Sultan Kudarat, Philippines, inform me that there are fourteen (14) members of SINAPULAN CHURCH OF CHRIST who were hit by stray bullets from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) or Muslim rebels on July 16, 2000. Two of them already died. They are: 1)Flora Mino, & 2)Lito Mino. The two who were seriosly hit are: Wewi Mino & Jek Jek Lawian. Ten more brethren who were hit but not very seriously injured. They are: 1.Tong Emba, 2.Kitol Dalag, 3.Erning Masalio, 4.Basqual Jack, 5.Danny Bay, 6.Chedie Jo, 7.Memetory Day, 8.Daya Torres, 9.Jay Macmac & 10.Betoy Morin. I have a document signed by the two elders above & their preacher confirming that there are two brethren in their area who died because they were hit by astray bullets & ten brethren in their area who were hit by astray bullets but not seriously injured. If you need the said document they signed, please inform me & I will send it to you through regular mail.

Brethren in their area are still in evacuation and no any help for food given to them by the government. Their Municipal Mayor is a Muslim. Presently there are more than 100 brethren & their children who are suffering from Malaria, Loose Bowel Movement, Ulcer, Tubercolosis, Hapatitis, Arthritis, Cough, colds, flu, etc., and brethren are in severe hunger because the war started on their place on April, 2000 and they started evacuating from one place to another since April 2000. The hardship starts on 1997 during the nine months drought then followed by the heavy rains/floods, then followed by the countless rats & black bugs besides the sporadic fightings between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) or Muslim rebels and the government troops. And also the sporadic fightings between the New Poeples Army or Communist Party of the Philippines between the government Military.

Brethren, please pray for them and please send more help. Any amount, even though how small it is will be greatly received & properly use. Please send help in care of my address: P. O. Box 232, Digos, 8002 Davao del Sur, Philippines. Letters in their place are not safe especially in their place where there are thousands of Muslim rebels.

On July 7, 2000, the preacher of DUNGAN PEKONG CHURCH OF CHRIST, brother Dionesio Tol was hit by stray bullets on this day by the rebels. He was hit by eight splinters in his body by Shot Gun Gauge 12. Thanks God, he is still alive and continue to preach the truth even in the midst of the rebels.

Brethren, please pray for us. Brethren in their place evacuated. There are 145 faithful members in this congregation.

July 27, 2000. Bro. Ronald Balawag came at home this day and inform me that our Gospel Meeting on the 28th at Bual, Tulonan, Cotabato will be postponed because there are hundreds of Muslim rebels in the said area and the Government troops are also in the area and possibly at any time the firing will start.

July 28, 2000. Sister Delia Salip, the wife of the preacher of BACUNGAN CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home to inform me that her daughter, Angelika Salip died due to loose bowel movement on July 26. Her son, Jovane Salip is seriously sick & is hospitalized also suffering from loose bowel movement, kidney & pulmonia. They are very hard up and pleading for help. Presently the hospitals are full of patients suffering from loose bowel movement. Many of the patients died in the hospital. Please pray for us.

Brethren who are affected of the war are pleading for help.

July 28, 2000. The preacher of SENTRO GLAMANG CHURCH OF CHRIST, Bro. Lipay Sambong came at home this day & inform me that one of the members of SENTRO GLAMANG CHURCH OF CHRIST was hit by stray bullets of Armalite on July 25, 2000. His name is brother Ruel Linkanan. I was one of the speakers every time they have a Gospel Meeting in their place. Usually twice or three times a year. Bro. Ruel Linkanan is present every time we held Gospel Meetings in their place. We're so very sorry to hear, he died because he was hit by stray bullets. They were ordered to evacuate but did not evacuated because they have no food to eat on the place the evacues evacuated. There are no any help given from the government for the evacues even up to this time. All of our brethren in the said place evacuated including the neighboring places where there are also congregations. Brother Lito Salda, the preacher of GLAMANG CHURCH OF CHRIST, came also this day at home & inform me that what brother Lipay Sambong informed me is true. They are pleading for help.

July 31, 2000. Borlasa Kinoc with two elders: Popong Lasib & Tony Dianon of LAMALIS CHURCH OF CHRIST (95 members), inform me: 1)That they are still in evacuation due to the presence of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) or Muslim rebels in their area. The rebels are the once who are presently harvesting their crops. And that there are always sporadic fightings with the Military group, 2) That presently there are 60 brethren & their children who are suffering from malaria malignant, tubercolosis, cough, colds, flu, loose bowel movement, skin deseases, rayuma, arthritis, malnourished, etc., 3)That there are already seven members of LAMALIS CHURCH OF CHRIST who recently died on the past two months. They are the following: a)Pering Malib, b)Toloy Pas, c)Toy Diagoni, d)Saray Malib e)Cosmin Malib, f)Jonalito Dianon & g)Sabal Samling. . Three of them: Pering, Toy & Cosmin were hit by stray bullets of Moro Islamic Liberation Front or Muslim rebels on June 30, 2000 which is the cause of their immediate death.

July 31, 2000. Bro. Dominguez Manife, the preacher of SANTOLAN CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home and inform me that the brethren in their area evacuated. The Philippine Military declared a no man's land in setio Kabasagan and all hinterlands in their area where there are many of their brethren who are farming. The fightings in their area between the Moro Islamic Liberations Front (MILF) or Muslim rebels and Philippine Military started on July 15, 2000. They are pleading for help.

I'm sorry to inform you that my co-preacher, brother ELIEZER SARDIDO, of PADADA CHURCH OF CHRIST, Padada, Davao del Sur, died July 31, 2000 at 4:30 PM. He is one of my best friend. I was the one who converted him. I preached to him the word of God for four years before he submitted to baptism. After his conversion, he went with me from one place to another & help in preaching the Gospel to several places. His first convert is his mother, then one of her aunt, then her three sisters, then his wife & three children. He also preached the truth to his two brothers but did not yet submitted to baptism. I will try my best to do the unfinished work of Eliezer.

August 2, 2000. Bro. Dionesio Tol inform me that one of the elders of DUNGAN PEKONG CHURCH OF CHRIST, bro. Lastigo Matianac is seriously sick & dying. He is one of the evacuees in this area. They are pleading for help. Please pray for him. He also inform me that a bomb exploded two kilometers away from their residence which is located at barangay Saub, Matanao, Davao del Sur on July 27, 2000, in which SISTER SUMIBING IMMANUEL WAS SERIOUSLY HIT WITH HER SEVEN CHILDREN. They are pleading for help. The preacher in this place evacuated before the bomb exploded but this victims of the bomb that exploded have not evacuated before the bomb exploded because there was no order of evacuation. The reason is: government have no any relief to be given to the evacuees. Some of the members evacuated at Dungan Pekong and some evacuated at Savoy. Please pray for us.

NEWS PAPER dated August 2, 2000. "ANG MANTALAAN - THE MINDANAO DAILY PATROL". "7 CIVILIANS KILLED, 9 OTHERS WOUNDED". "Isulan, Sultan, Kudarat, Philippines. At least seven (7) civilians were killed and nine (9) others including five company guards were wounded when some 80 armed men believed members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) attacked Barangay Pamantingan, Esperanza town in Sultan Kudarat province Monday (July 31, 2000). The armed men also burned a total of 11 houses during the attack.

Reports gathered by MINDANAO DAILY PATROL-Sultan Kudarat bared that the rebels attacked the said Barangay at about 5:00 o'clock in the morning on Monday and held hostage some 30 families. They (armed men) also brought along with them 19 cows, 14 carabaos, 5 horses and other personal belongings of the innocent Barangay residents." The same happened on other places of Davao del Sur on the past days. Not only hundreds but thousands of rebels are presently at the hinterlands of the boundery of the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur and North Cotabato.

I went to COLONSABAC CHURCH OF CHRIST, Colonsabac, Matanao, Davao del Sur on August 1, 2000 and speak on their Gospel Meeting. The brethren there confirmed that on the evening of July 31, 2000, about 500 fully armed men pass Colonsabac. While I was speaking on their Gospel Meeting, they are only about 3 kilometers away from the church building. We stop our Gospel Meeting at 12:00 noon because brethren are evacuating. Fire fighting might start anytime.

August 3, 2000. GOSPEL MEETING. I was invited to speak on the Gospel Meeting held at PALOSOK CHURCH OF CHRIST, Palosok, Muan, Kidapawan City. After our Gospel Meeting, three persons submitted to baptism. Baptized are: 1) Rodelia P. Anoling, 2)Caesar P. Anoling & 3) Alma P. Anoling. They were hearing the word of God for several months before they submitted to baptism. Preachers who cooperated in teaching: Alijandro Anoling, Crispin Landas, James Ani, Sr., Peter Perez & I.

August 3, 2000. Bro. Lipay Sambong came at home & informed me that bro. Lito Enoc, the preacher of TATUAD CHURCH OF CHRIST, who evacuated with the members of the said congregation due to the on going war in their area, is now seriously sick & suffering of Loose bowel movement with his nephew, Deji Enoc. They have no any money for their medicines, he was brought to the government hospital on Aug. 2, but the government employees said that they have no more medicines. They have no medicines even up to this time. I have no money also at this time to help. They are seriously pleading for any help. Please help us pray for them.

August 04, 2000. BAPTISM. Four alien sinners submitted to baptism after our Bible Study at Aplaya, Digos, Davao del Sur. Baptized are: 1)Rebecca Eranon, 2)Danilo Canning, 3)Cresencia Canning & 4)Pascual Wisson. They were hearing the Gospel for about a month already before they submitted to baptism. Preachers who cooperated in teaching are: Bayawan Damali, Noli Ca-a, Peter Perez & I. We give all the glory to God.

August 4, 2000. Bro. Cenon Taqa inform me this day that nine more of the evacuees of TATUAD CHURCH OF CHRIST & BOTILON CHURCH OF CHRIST are seriously suffering from loose bowel movement. Brethren, please pray for them. Evacuee brethren are pleading for any help.

August 4, 2000. Bro. Julio Lamodin, the preacher of UPPER SAGING CHURCH OF CHRIST came at home this day & inform me that bro. Wayne Mapawa, Jr. died on August 3, 2000. They are evacuee & while at evacuation suffered loose bowel movement & died. Brethren who evacuated are pleading for help.

August 5, 2000. INSANE. The mother of Noli Ca-a, Felisa L. Ca-a is now a little bit insane because of lack of food and of fear because of the on going war. They have also evacuated to Public School building for a safer place. She was shocked because of the high powered guns that are always being used by either the Government troops or Muslim rebels and or New Poeples Army or Communnist Party of the Philippines. She is already a widow, her husband, Manuel Ca-a, died on 1984. He was a faithful preacher of the CHURCH OF CHRIST from 1974 to 1984 until he died. They are pleading for help. Noli Ca-a is the one who is taking care his mother now. Please send any help in care of my address.

August 5, 2000. Bro. Dionesio Cantulan, the preacher of ASTORGA CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home this day and inform me that the brethren who evacuated in their area since the month of June are still in evacuation. Many of them are sick & they are in severe hunger. They need food & medicines. They are pleading for help. I help a little.

August 6, 2000. With the cooperation of bro. Simson Balhanan & Peter Perez, four alien sinners submitted to baptism after the worship services at MOGON CHURCH OF CHRIST, Mogon, Kanapulo, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. Baptized are: 1)Gelbert M. Agauio, 2) Rogelio E. Antolin, 3)Faustino A. Dulom & 4)Antonio A. Dayamo. We give all the glory to God.

August 7, 2000. I preached the Gospel to more than 40 alien sinners at Padada, Davao del Sur. No one submitted to baptism. But they listen very well the word of God.

August 8, 2000. The truth was preached at Purok 4, Kidapawan City. Two of those many persons who listen submitted to baptism. Baptized are: Danilo Bacung & Sally Talonding. Danilo is formerly a "Pastor" & Sally is formerly a "Pastora" of the Alliance church, a denomination. Glory to God. Preachers who cooperated in teaching are: Ronald Balawag, Hafly Ca-a, Noli Ca-a & I. The word of God was preached to them for several days before they submitted to baptism.

August 8, 2000. Bro. Lipay Sambong, the preacher of SENTRO GLAMANG CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home this day & inform me that one of the evacuees is seriously suffering from loose bowel movement. She is Jing Jing Mada. She is now the twelveth (12th) of the evacuees who are suffering from loose bowel movement. Bro. Lipay came at home pleading to me any amount I can help to them for the medicines of Jing Jing for they have no money for their medicines. I help a little amount for I am also very hard up financially because every day there are brethren who are coming who are pleading for help in which most of them are also evacuees.

August 9, 2000. Bro. Panio Mingong, Jr., the preacher of DATAL-PETAK CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home & inform me that the brethren who evacuated on the past months went home but after one week they again evacuated because the Moro Islmic Liberation Front (180 fully armed) or Muslim rebels went again to their place & because of fear they again evacuated. There are several brethren who are very sick & no one were brought to the hospital because they have no money for their medicines. I have help only very little.

August 10, 2000. Bro. Rogelio Tari, the preacher of NILO CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home and ask help for his wife, Norma who is seriously sick. They are very hard up financially. They could not sleep well every night because there are about 400 fully armed men who are members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) or Muslim rebels in their area. There are many poeple who again evacuated because of fear because any time there might be again fightings against the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

August 10, 2000. Bro. Arturo Bugcotan, the preacher of KARINGAHON CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home & pleading for help because his son, Jumacge is seriously sick & they have no any money for their medicines. I have help only very little.

August 10, 2000. I with brother Noli Ca-a went to Glamang, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. After our Bible Study, seven alien sinners submitted to baptism. Baptized are: 1)Baliliano Dalude, 2)Martina Dalude, 3)Marlo Dalude, 4)Lucia Malig-on, 5)Pedro Manaytay, 6)Anita Manaytay, & 7)Marcelina Pantinople. They have heard the word of God for several times before they submitted to baptism. Preachers who cooperted in teaching: Bro. Lipay Sambong, Lito Salda, Noli Ca-a & I. After our baptism, I went to talk with some of the evacuee brethren in this area. All the brethren who are residing in the hinterlands of Glamang were ordered by the Armed Forces of the Philippines to evacuate. There are 22 brethren & their children who are suffering of Loose Bowel Movement. Government in this place at this time help for the medicines & food for those who are hospitalized but no food for the evacuees who are not sick. Brethren at this place are in severe hunger. I help a little only because I am also very hard up financially. So many evacuee brethren on several places and we are doing what we can. Brethren are pleading for help. Please help us pray for them.

August 10, 2000. NEWS PAPER - "THE SOUTHERNER" Dated August 6-12, 2000. Headline: MILF REBELS MASSACRE 16 CIVILIANS. "Some 100 rampaging Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels massacred 16 people, mostly children, including a two-year-old child in Cotabato early Friday evening (August 4, 2000), a military report said. The report on the massacre was relayed to Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Angelo T. Reyes by Cotabato Gov. Manny P. Piqol. It was the third massacre incident perpetrated by the MILF in Central Mindanao in a span of three weeks, killing 51 people in all."

Page 6 of the above News Paper: "4 REBELS KILLED IN CLASH - COTABATO CITY - Four Moro rebels were killed while two soldiers were injured in an encounter Wednesday (August 2, 2000) in Pagalungan, Maguindanao." Another four dead, three injured in Maguindanao encounter of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Tuesday (August 1, 2000). A militiaman was killed in an encounter with some 200 Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels in barangay Pagangan, Aleosan, Cotabato on August 5, 2000. The rebels reportedly tried to harass residents of Pangagan that prompted the local militia force to put up a fight."

August 10, 2000. Bro. Alberto Salip, the preacher of BACUNGAN CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home & informed me that they transferred to Bo. 9, Malaya, 9511 South Cotabato. They already started their worship services in the said place for two months now. There are ten brethren who are worshipping with them. They transferred on this place looking for their living because they are very hard up financially. In Bacungan there are many rebels. His daughter, Angelika died on July 26. His son, Jovane is seriously sick. They are pleading for help. I can help only very little.

August 11, 2000. Bro. Suplicio Umbal, the preacher of SETIO TAWAN CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home & inform me that they could not sleep well because of the bandits that are getting away the working animals of the poeple in their area. There are several rebels who are fully armed in their area.

August 11, 2000. Bro. Owen Ladion died. I was requested to speak on his funeral service at Saug, New Corilla, Davao.

August 11, 2000. Bro. Crispin Landas write to me & inform me that the daughter of sister Divina Ane, 4 years old died. Brethren in this area could not work in their farms in the hinterlands because of the presence of the hundreds of Muslim rebels in their area. Brethren are in hunger & sickness. They have no money for their medicines. They are pleading for any help. I help only very little from my own money.

August 13, 2000. Bro. Dionesio Tol, the preacher of DUNGAN PEKONG CHURCH OF CHRIST, informed me that the brethren in their area evacuated again starting Aug. 12. This brethren already went back to their farms from evacuation but only for ten days and because the Armed Forces of the Philippines with Helcopters came back because of the presence of the more than 2,000 MILF or Moro Islamic Liberation Front or Muslim rebels and the firing started on the 11th, so they again evacuated. Fighting planes started bombing on the 11th.

August 14, 2000. Bro. Angelito Baronia, the preacher of MALANGAG CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home pleading for help. His wife & his son are sick for one week now & they have no money for their medicines. I help only very little for we are also very hard up financially.

August 14, 2000. Bro. Panio Mingong, Jr., the preacher of DATAL PETAK CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home & informed me that there are 182 fully armed men of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who are at their place. While since Aug. 13, before their worship service, the War Planes & Helicopters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines drop bombs about one kilometer only from their church building but the Muslim rebels run to the civilians or church members because they know that the plane & helicopters will not drop bombs to the civilians. Brethren feared they might be hostage. As of this date, Aug. 14, they again planning to evacuate. So that the Muslim rebels could not detect immediately, what they do is they only evacuated one or two persons in each family until all of them have evacuated. Brethren, please pray for them. While the Planes & Helicopters are bombing, one of the members of Datal Petak church died. He is Torino Lawian. He is suffering from tubercolosis but when the plane & helicopter drop bomb about one kilometer away from them, the said patient died.

August 14, 2000. Bro. Dante Paraso, the preacher of FAYALWAAN CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home & pleading for help because his wife is suffering from loose bowel movement & they have no money for their medicines. On August 13, 2000, in their area, three Moro Islamic Liberation Front or Muslim rebels were killed due to Plane bombings of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The rebels in their place harvested their plants & eat it without cooking. They could not believe it, but because of hunger, the rebels eat their plants. Brethren in their area evacuated again.

NEWSPAPER dated August 14, 2000. THE MINDANAO MIRROR BULLETIN. Headline: "RESTAURANT BOMBED: 2 KILLED, 11 WOUNDED". "Cotabato (AFP) - At least two people were killed and 11 others wounded, two critrically, when a bomb believed planted by Muslim separatists exploded at a burger restaurant in North Cotabato, police said. Initial reports said the bomb exploded at 10:00 a.m. Aug. 13, inside the restaurant in the town of Carmen, North Cotabato province, killing a 13-year-old boy and a soldier, provincial police chief Superintendent Alex Paul Monteagudo said." "Eleven others sustained shrapnel wounds and were rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition, he said. Monteagudo said explosive was made of 81-milimeter mortars strapped to a timing device and was similar to those used by the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in previous attacks." "The MILF is the country's largest remaining Muslim insurgent group and is waging a 22-year armed struggle for an independent Islamic state in the main southern island of Mindanao. It has been blamed for a series of massacres and bombings that left at least 50 civilians, mostly Christian, dead in central Mindanao following its declaration of a jihad, or holy war, last month. The jihad was declared in retaliation for the capture of its main camp last month, which dispersed MILF guerrillas into smaller units across several provinces in Mindanao." "Two weeks ago, MILF guerrillas ambushed a group of civilians on a highway in Carmen, killing 16 people, including children. Last month, 60 poeple were hurt and at least two were killed when the MILF planted a bomb at a crowded market also in North Cotabato. The group also massacred 21 mostly Christian villagers in Bumbaran town in nearby Lanao del Sur province. A bomb attack outside the Jakarta residence of the Philippine ambassador to Indonesia two weeks ago was also linked by authorities to the MILF or its Indonesian supporters. The blast killed at least two poeple and wounded 21, including the ambassador. Military reports reaching Manila yesterday said one soldier was killed while three others were wounded in a clash with some 70 MILF fighters in Mindanao's Maguindanao province on Saturday."

August 15, 2000. Balugan Bible Study with Gerry Ca-a, Noli Ca-a, Ronald Balawag & I.

August 16, 2000. Bro. Dionesio Tol, the preacher of DUNGAN PEKONG CHURCH OF CHRIST, and brother Rene Boy Bogoy, the preacher of COLONSABAC CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home this day informing me that several bombs were dropped by OV-10 BOMBER at their place. Several brethren evacuated. Bombing started at their place on August 11 & even this day bombing continues & they do not know when will they stop bombing. Until this day, no any help from the government for the evacuees. Bro. Tol personally saw four members of the Muslim rebels who were hit by the bomb. He also personally saw the 28 Muslim rebels who were wounded because of the bomb. On this day, there are estimated 800 more Muslim rebels who are fighting against the government troops. But brethren who did not evacuated are in danger because every time the OV-10 Bomber came to drop bomb, the Muslim rebels run to the civilians or to our brethren & so for several times our brethren were almost hit by the bomb. The nearest bomb that was drop near the church building is only about 200 meters. Actually, some of our brethren coming from the hinterlands evacuated to the church building. But because the Bomber is dropping bombs very near the church building, there is a great possibility that those who evacuated on the said place will again evacuate to another place. Brethren, please pray for us. This place is only about 17 miles from my residence. If the way is only straight, this is only about 10 miles from my residence (Julie Notarte's residence at Digos). Please pray for us. Many evacuee brethren coming at home every day pleading for any help. I AM NOW VERY HARD UP FINANCIALLY BECAUSE I AM ALSO HELPING ANY AMOUNT I CAN FROM MY OWN MONEY. There are 30 neighboring congregations again who are also again evacuating or evacuated due to the successive bombings on several places. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO HELP PLEASE INFORM ME & I WILL GIVE YOU THE NAMES OF THE CONGREGATIONS WITH THEIR ELDERS' NAMES. THE CONGREGATIONS I WILL GIVE YOU HAVE NOT YET RECEIVE ANY HELP SINCE THE EVACUATION STARTED WHICH STARTED ON APRIL, 2000. BRETHREN WHO EVACUATED FOR SEVERAL DAYS, THEN WENT BACK TO THEIR HOME FOR FEW DAYS ONLY AND EVACUATED AGAIN FOR SEVERAL DAYS, AND WENT BACK TO THEIR HOME FOR FEW DAYS AND NOW AGAIN EVACUATED. I HAVE GIVEN NAMES OF CONGREGATIONS TO BROTHER JIM MCDONALD BUT THERE ARE MANY MORE LIST OF CONGREGATIONS THAT HAVE NOT YET RECEIVE ANY HELP FROM FOREIGN. WE ARE DOING WHAT WE CAN, BUT WE HAVE ONLY HELP A LITTLE BECAUSE WE HAVE NO MORE MONEY. The government have only destroyed the structures or the camps but the thousands of Muslim rebels are still alive & doing their best to fight againts the government troops and most of those who run from the biggest camp which is Camp Abubakar are in the bounderies of Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat & North Cotabato. AND IT IS ON THIS PLACES WHERE THE MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED CONGREGATIONS I AM HELPING IN PREACHING ARE LOCATED.

August 17, 2000, the ABS-CBN televesion inform the public that there are more than two hundred families evacuated in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur. This is only about 10 to fifteen milles away from my residence here in Digos. Daily, the two Broncho Bomber - OV-10, two MG520 attack helicopter, two Tora Tora (helicopter) are dropping bombs in the said place. Please pray for us.

I am one of the speakers of the Gospel Meeting at MALANGAG CHURCH OF CHRIST, Setio Sumen, Malangag, Antipas, Cotabato on August 17, 2000. While we are having our Gospel Meeting, every about five to ten minutes interval only, the Armed Forces of the Philippines are bombing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) or Muslim rebels few miles from Malangag. We can hear very clearly the bombings & the brethren who attended the Gospel Meeting are very much afraid because the fighting might arrive at their place any time. Muslim rebels are using the civilians as their shield and for several times hostage the civilians. August 19, 2000. Aplaya, Digos, Davao del Sur. We have a Bible Study with a "Pastor" of Alliance church with his family. Glory to God, after our Bible Study, he with his family submitted to baptism. Baptized are the following: Jose O. Cabisada, Delaila Cabisada, Eliezer Cabisada, Jodilgar Cabisada & Reynaldo Cabisada. Preachers who cooperated in teaching are: Alijandro Anoling, Noli Ca-a, Peter Perez & James Ani, Sr. The truth was preached to them for several months before they submitted to baptism. Glory to God.

August 20, 2000. Upper Blocon, Tacul, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. With the cooperation of brother Garcia Malayang, six persons submitted to baptism. Baptized are the following: 1)Cardo Canonigo, 2)Francisca Canonigo, 3)Cristina Cotes, 4)Rosalie Malayang, 5)Rowilyn Baral & 6)Jenilyn Baral. They were formerly members of the Roman Catholic & a Baptist denomination. We give all the Glory to God.

August 22, 2000. We have a Bible Lectures which was attended by 11 preachers. I'm the lecturer.

August 23, 2000. Bro. Rudy Ompong, the preacher of LAMALAMA CHURCH OF CHRIST, Lamalama, Pres. Roxas, Cotabato, came at home & inform me that the war between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front against the government troops is still going on, very near in their place. They can hear daily bombings. Every day, two Tora Tora (helicopters) are dropping bombs not very far from their place. Poeple in the places where the bombs were drop evacuated or else they will be hit by the bombs and wounded or die. All those who did not evacuated and hit by the bombs will be counted as members of the rebels. Some of the evacuees evacuated at Lamalama and that is one of the cause why the brethren in LAMALAMA are so very hard up for their food. They are now in hunger. Their harvest at this time is failure due to successive heavy rains on the past month up to present. No relief receive from the government.

August 23, 2000. Bro. Dionesio Cantulan, the preacher of ASTORGA CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home this day & inform me that bro. Romy Salica, a member of ASTORGA CHURCH OF CHRIST was picked up by the New Poeples Army (NPA) or Communist Party of the Philippines on August 12, 2000 and until now we do not know if he is still living or already dead. His cousin, Emma Aquel beheaded by the NPAs on August 19, 2000. Because of the presence of the rebels in their farms in the hinterlands for quite a long time now, they could not work in their farms in the area because of the said happingings. Brethren are in severe hunger. They are very needy & are pleading for any help. Brethren, please pray for them. His daughter, Jessa Cantulan was incidentally pourd by boild water and have spend a big amount for the medicines of his daughter. He had borrowed an amount of P500.00 to brother Balbin for their medicines.

August 24, 2000. After our Gospel Meeting at NILO CHURCH OF CHRIST, Nilo, Malawanit, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, two alien sinners submitted to baptism. Baptized are: 1)Rodrigo Saligar & 2)Myrna Tawad. Preachers who cooperated in teaching during the Gospel Meeting are: Rogelio Tari, Ereneo Buisan, Franklin Isla, Noli Ca-a & I.

August 24, 2000. Bro. Navidad Tamay, the preacher of KATIPUNAN CHURCH OF CHRIST informed me that there are many evacuees in their area because of the presence of the Muslim rebels in their hinterlands. On this day, there are 30 brethren who are suffering from loose bowel movement excluding the non- members. Government have already help an amount of P80,000 for the medicines of the evacuees but no food for them because they have no money according to the government. Brethren are in hunger.

August 24, 2000. Bro. Jerem Vilar, my co-preacher who is one of the preachers of LUNA ST. CHURCH OF CHRIST is presently seriously sick. They are very hard up financially. They have no money for their medicines. They are pleading for help. I help a little.

NEWSPAPER dated August 23-24, 2000. THE MINDANAO DAILY PATROL. P. 6. "JOINT NPA, MILF TROOPS ATTACK TAMPAKAN POST". "GENERAL SANTOS CITY - The Philippine National Police regional office here is suspecting that a joint group of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the New Peoples Army (NPA) elements were the ones who attacked the army detachment in Tampakan area on Sunday (Aug. 20). Police Superintendent Adolfo Bautista, PNP-12 Information Officer reported that eye witnesses in the area testified that communist rebels were holding firearms and ammunitions identified with moro rebels during the attack. There is a close probability that the rebel groups alliance, was working during the attack. He added that the rocket propelled grenade launchers (RPG) firearms of the separatist rebels were used by the NPA rebels. The Sunday attack however recorded no casualties even if the rebels led by Kumander Ligaya, Bobo and Gerome surprised the militiamen." "PNP-12 regional director, chief Superintendent Manuel Raval immediately ordered a regionwide alert status on all its police offices. The Police regional command are trying hard to tighten our red alert status. We have to be firmed in containing situations in any eventualities and this is region wide, explained Bautista. Per report, it was around 3:45 Sunday afternoon when some 60 heavily armed men believed members of the communist rebels-New Poeples Army seized three M16 armalite rifles, one M14 rifle and seven garand rifles and burned structures in the detachment. The rebels withdrew to the hinterlands of Columbio in Sultan Kudarat."

NEWSPAPER dated August 24, 2000. THE MINDANAO DAILY PATROL Front Page. P1-M AS RANSOM FOR KIDNAPPED DOC. Kidapawan City (North Cotabato) - "The private medical practitioner who has been abducted since June 3, 2000 has appealed to her parents and other relatives including the government to raise the P1-million ransom asked by her abductors so that she will be given freedom."

August 25, 2000. Bro. Cawasi Birang, the preacher of LABUO CHURCH OF CHRIST, came at home and ask help because his son, bro. Roger Birang who is
also a member of Labuo congregation was fired by a gun by un-identified person and died. Because they are so very hard up financially, they have not paid their debts on the funeral expenses. He is pleading for any help. I help only a little.

NEWSPAPER dated August 25, 2000. "THE MINDANAO DAILY PATROL" HEADLINE: AIR STRIKES RESUME IN DAVAO DEL SUR. 120 NPA MEMBERS ARE TARGET. "Air strikes were again initiated yesterday by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, but this time not with the Moro rebels but against the 120-men group of the New Poeple's Army (NPA) in Dungan Pekong, Matanao, Davao del Sur. A radio report by RADYO PATROL DAVAO DEL SUR aired over DXAB-Davao City last night said, the AFP using MG-520 bombers pounded rocket bombs and several bullets of machine guns to the NPAs believed belonging to the Far South Regional Command of the Communist guerillas. Said rebels, were said to have come from Tampakan, in South Cotabato Province." "Last week, the AFP staged a massive air attack on the moro rebels who were said to be taking refuge in various caves in the mountains of barangay Tacul and San Jose in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur. But the air strikes were suspended on Saturday because of poor aerial visibility in the area."

August 26, 2000. Bro. Ereneo Buisan came at home & requested me to train the two of the preachers who were coverted from denominations on August 13, 2000, who are the following: 1)Fernando Camagi who came from instrumental church & 2)Jimmy Baguio who came from Apostolic church. Fernando have converted 15 of his members from the denomination and were baptized on August 23, 2000 with the cooperation of Gerry Ca-a, Ereneo Buisan, James Ani, Ligodon Ca-a, & Pepe Ando. Jimmy Baguio have also converted 18 members from the denomination. Some of them were baptized with the cooperation of Joy Notarte & Ereneo Buisan & some were baptized on August 20, 2000 with the cooperation of Gerry Ca-a, & Ligodon Ca-a. The two preachers who were converted from the denominations came at home and requested more training because they want to preach the Gospel according to the will of God. We are doing our best to train them & I usually have time on training them on the evening only because I have some schedules of Gospel Meetings, Bible Studies, house to house preaching etc. at day. At day, we requested brother Simson Balhanan to teach them the truth. But brother Simson Balhanan have no any support receive from foreign or local. I'm the one who is helping him but only very little because I have no enough money to help him. IF YOU CAN HELP BROTHER SIMSON BALHANAN FOR HIS MONTHLY SUPPORT, EVEN $50.00 PER MONTH ONLY, THIS IS ALREADY A GREAT HELP TO HIM. PLEASE HELP HIM. IF YOU COULD NOT SUPPORT HIM, A ONE TIME GIFT AT ANY AMOUNT WILL BE GREATLY APPREACIATED. YOU CAN SEND ANY HELP THROUGH MY ADDRESS. BRO. SIMSON BALHANAN STARTED PREACHING THE TRUTH 0N 1977. HE HAVE NOT RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM FOREIGN SINCE HE WAS PREACHING BUT HAVE HELP ESTABLISHED SEVERAL CONGREGATIONS SINCE 1977. PLEASE HELP HIM.

August 26, 2000. Bro. Dante Paraso, the preacher of FAYALWAAN CHURCH OF CHRIST came at home this day & inform me that sister An-An Gulayda died on August 25, 2000. She was suffering from Malaria and when the MG520 Helcopter drop a bomb about 250 meters from their residence, she died. There are 50 New Poeples Army (NPA) or Communist rebels who are presently at Fayalwaan, Colonsabac, Matanao, Davao del Sur. Please pray for them.

Please send help. Please response even a short note only if you have received this email. I receive emails informing me that they have not receive my email to them. You are in our daily prayers. Please pray for us too.

Your brother in Christ,

Julie D. A. Notarte
P. O. Box 232, Digos
8002 Davao del Sur
Philippines